Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham, Executive Director of Education Post

Executive Director
Education Post
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Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Aug. 23, 2016

Statement by Peter Cunningham on California Supreme Court’s Decision Not to Review Vergara Ruling

While the Court’s decision is disappointing, we remain hopeful that the California legislature will work to strengthen the state’s tenure…

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Posted Aug. 22, 2016

Statisticians Without Data Are Painting a Misleading Picture About Charter Schools

For a statistician, Andrew Gelman of Columbia University has an apparent discomfort with data. What else can explain his recent…

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Posted Aug. 22, 2016
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John Oliver Needs to Talk to Charter Parents

God bless John Oliver for addressing serious issues with humor. His latest target is public charter schools and he doesn’t…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 22, 2016

Statement by Peter Cunningham on John Oliver’s Charter School Segment

Statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on John Oliver’s charter school segment on Last Week Tonight. John Oliver’s…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 12, 2016
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Is This ‘Better Conversation’? The Importance of Dialogue With Dissenters

I spend a fair bit of time on social media engaging with people opposed to policies Education Post supports, including…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 3, 2016
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Coffee Break: Kevin Carey on ESSA, Paying Back Student Loans and ‘The End of College’

While much of the education conversation focuses on getting kids college ready, the New America Foundation’s Kevin Carey takes a…

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Posted Aug. 3, 2016
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You Can’t Argue With Success

In the City of New York, parents are lining up by the thousands to enroll their children in public charter…

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Posted Aug. 1, 2016
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A Little Ditty About Donald and Diane

Donald Trump thinks the Common Core State Standards are a disaster and so does education historian turned anti-education reform advocate…

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Posted June 14, 2016
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Our Student Demographics Are Shifting and It’s Time We Embraced It

“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name,…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 11, 2016
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The Common Core Emphasizes Close Reading. Its Critics Should Try That Sometime.

Note the nuance in a press release from the ACT regarding an analysis of the Common Core State Standards based…

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Coffee Break: Atlanta Superintendent on Restoring Confidence, Focusing on Kids and Selfie Sticks

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016
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